Gang boss sentenced to life in prison in southwest China mob crackdown

08:28, December 17, 2010      

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A ringleader was sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday after being convicted of ten gang-related charges in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

Chen Yong was found guilty by Chongqing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court of ten criminal counts, including organizing and leading a criminal gang, fraud, running casinos, intentionally injuring people and bribery.

According to Thursday's court verdict, Chen also had his political rights deprived for life and all personal property confiscated.

The court was told that Chen and his accomplices collected profits by running casinos, where they cheated those who were gambling. Also, the gang controlled the local pig slaughter market by means of threats and violence.

Further, the court found that Chen controlled his gang by paying salaries, giving car as bonuses, and using other methods.

The other 14 members of the gang were also found guilty and received jail terms ranging from 3 to 20 years.

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